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The banjo . . .

. . . was, in its early days, a very rudimental form of the today‘s banjo and was brought to the southern American States by slaves who came from Africa. This was about 1820 and right up to the peak of its popularity, from about 1920 to the early 30‘s (the world‘s first economic crisis and the uprise of the swing era with a big lead role of the guitar), the banjo has evolved into numerous forms and variations in terms of tunings and playing techniques. Until 1933, it was quite a popular instrument in German orchestras and band and was built, made and sold by a couple of German companies as well. Due to the drastic political changes in Germany at that time, the music in which the banjo played a key role was banned by the government, falsly calling it „nigger-music“. The banjo had to suffer a loss of popularity and musical role, as well as cultural role, in Germany for many years. After the war years and the years of musical bans, the banjo really became knowm rather an exotic instrument.

So much for that brief story of the today‘s banjo standpoint. Nevertheless, we are encouraged to detail that story in the future and present a more extensive version of information regarding different forms and variations of banjos and their histories on this website. For now, we have to point to the surprisingly extensive number of books out there discussing this very special instrument and its history.

One person‘s problems, who wants to start playing the banjo these days, are these:

Where do I get a good banjo ?
Where and how can I learn to play ?
Where and with whom can I play ?

As an addition to that, one has to decide between the three most common forms of the banjo, which are:

a. the four-string tenor banjo, presumably the best known variation
b. the four-string plektrum banjo and
c. the five string banjo

There are tons of different banjo types out there, but let‘s not lose ourselves in a scientific elaboration.

Getting a good and well sounding banjo is quite challenging these days. Even in a big city like Düsseldorf, the range of products found in music shops is extremely unsatisfying, both in terms of quantity and quality. Luckily, a visit to the website www.banjoworld.de, a website hosted by DBC-founder Günter Amendt, is a good option for anyone who is interested in getting a banjo and anyone who needs advice on it.

Regarding point „2“ and „3“ in the above, the „Düsseldorfer Banjo Club“ is there for all needs in and around Düsseldorf for anyone.

While we are at it, please click on „We about us“, where we, the members of the DBC present our Club.


 
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